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A Look Inside ‘Orchid Thief’ Author Susan Orlean’s Hudson Valley Home, On The Market For $3.5 Million

The Hudson Valley home of Susan Orlean, the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning movie Adaptation, starring Meryl Streep and Nicholas Cage, has come on the market.

The author, who was portrayed by Streep in the Spike Jonze-directed and Charlie Kaufman-penned film, is asking $3.495 million for the 55-acre property, in Gallatin, New York.

The author and her husband bought the property in 2005 and had the home custom built. It was designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, the firm that designed Bill Gates’s house in Medina, Washington.

The modern home features floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing views of Stissing Mountain and the surrounding forests. There are built-in bookcases and storage, and wood and stone paneling, throughout the three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom home, which also features a double-sided, indoor-outdoor stone fireplace. 


The property also has various accessory structures, including one used as a home office.

It’s listed by Ira Goldspiel and Steve Peter of William Pitt Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty and currently has an accepted offer.

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